Hi, I’m Jonathan Elliot and I have stupid hair. I write about sociology, the meaning of life, music and my search for g0d. If I don’t find her, I’ll settle for a good cup of coffee. I’d love your help as we find our way through this strange world we call “life”. I’ll share some of my journey with you as we learn together.
I’m an academic with a sense of humour and write about all kinds of stuff. I mix my own personal opinions with more academic and “objective” musing, hopefully it’s clear which is which. I live in New Zealand. I’m a huge music fan, you’ll usually find a link to what’s on my radar right now. I’m in postgraduate study and will earn my PhD (sociology) one day. My current academic interests include sociology of religion, sexuality, technology, nationalism, war, Foucault, Ellul, French sociology, Vico, Agamben. I’m a burner, #Occupier, #99%
My opinions are my own and do not represent the views of the institution where I work.
There is no such thing as a neutral position, so it’s best just to be honest about my biases:
My background, I’m a former evangelical christian, now agnostic who still has a soft spot for g0d-stuff. Not to mention a revulsion for most conservative christian expressions of spirituality. Socially, I’m mostly what the USAsians call ‘liberal’; I support gay marriage, I vote Green and believe what Frankie says when it comes to war. I feel uncomfortable over the abortion question, and I think working hard and being honest is a good thing. On my good days I might be considered post-evangelical or emergent.
My intentions, I want to explore faith and non-faith with an open-mindedness to finding a belief I can commit to, but a probability that I won’t. As for the faiths, I’d like to explore them all – from wicca to womens’ spirituality, from atheism to aruveydic yoga, from Satanism to sex gurus (can’t wait to explore that last one). However, I’ll probably major on the great world religions. Plus a spicing of all the topics within our complex lives; evil, love, ethnicity, politics, war, sexuality, ethics, pluralism and cheese.
If you have an opinion, I’d love to hear it. If you can back it up (with intarwebz links of course!) that’s even better.
Peace and respect to you.
—no matter how stupid your beliefs
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